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first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists it is a good time to play neighbours United, even though the form book suggests otherwise. City’s defeat at Crystal Palace left Manuel Pellegrini’s side fourth in the Barclays Premier League table, a point behind United. They head into the 165th Manchester derby in their worst form of the season, but that does not bother Kompany. Press Associationcenter_img “A derby is a derby,” he told “It doesn’t matter what place you are in the league, it’s a derby. If anything, it’s a good moment to go into a derby. “I guess the momentum is a little bit with our neighbours at the moment, but it’s the perfect place for us to go and try to rectify what we’ve had.” While many are now writing off City’s chances of defending their title and even speculating about their ability to hold on to a top-four spot, Kompany insists the players do not doubt themselves. “We are demanding with ourselves because we have to win,” he added. “My only concern is we get back to our best form. “I think it’s our general form that we have to improve. “I’ve learnt from the past seasons as well that finishing a season strongly can have an impact on your next season as well.” last_img read more

first_imgELLSWORTH — Seven players from Ellsworth High School were chosen Thursday to this year’s All-Penobscot Valley Conference first and second teams.For the Ellsworth baseball team, pitcher Matt Burnett was chosen as both the PVC Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year for the second season in a row. Burnett also made the All-PVC first team after finishing the regular season with a 6-0 record and 0.68 ERA on the mound and a team-best .447 batting average at the plate.Senior Conner Wagstaff joined Burnett on the All-PVC first team with a 4-1 record and identical 0.68 ERA on the mound and .380 average and team-high 22 RBIs at the plate. Junior Jackson Curtis, who hit .418 and posted a team-high 23 base hits in the regular season, was the Eagles’ third All-PVC first-teamer.In softball, sophomore Sara Shea (.481 average and team-high 13 stolen bases in the regular season) and junior Trinity Montigny (.456 averaged and team-high 26 base hits) were chosen to the All-PVC first team for the Eagles. Sophomore Kayla Duhaime and senior Katie Hammer were selected to the second team.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the Mount Desert Island baseball team, senior Drew Shea (.383 average and two home runs) was a first-team selection, and juniors Nick Corson and Sam Keblinsky were second-teamers. Senior Lindsey McEachern was named a first-team selection for the MDI softball team after posting a 1.17 ERA and 136 strikeouts in the circle and a team-best .420 average at the plate.last_img read more

first_imgWhen the calendar year of 2016 began, few would have imagined that Guyana’s basketball would end the year in the position it is in.That position is a good,so says National coach and president of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Association (GABA)Junior Hercules. There were 10 tournaments played in total at both the senior and junior level with the shining moments of the year coming from the Junior side of local basketball.The first noteworthy improvement Hercules mentioned was in the table officiating.“Our table official pool has increased, we’ve seen a more diverse pool with new faces and that is good,” stated Hercules. However,he added that there is a needed for improvement in refereeing.“Refereeing has to improve;it is not an attractive field so there is a lot of recycling of officials so there hasn’t been much improvement.”His recommendations included paying more attention to the field and not just talking about the deficiencies of the referees.Other signs of growth came from the Junior players. There were 8 junior tournaments played this year versus two senior tournaments. The reality check however came when junior players outplayed the senior players in the two senior tournaments. Stanton Rose was named MVP of the Road to Mecca 3 club tournament.Rose,along withTerron Welch,were the leaders on the senior team that travelled to Jamaica in November.“Our Under- 23s have definitely shown improvement by virtue of level of competition through school or GABA enhancement,” Hercules stated. He added that Guyana’s second place performance at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) U-16 Championships was an indicator of growth.“Our second place at such a high level shows what can be achieved when adequate preparation is done, also our juniors have grown as a result of the international and regional exposures they have gotten.” On the senior side,he stated that there had only been two tournaments for the year,so an adequate assessment could not be given.For Hercules, a blueprint was set this year as to where basketball should go. “We need to make sure our school program is connected to clubs and our national programs, the framework is there, so the future looks promising. We’ve gotten more players exposed from around the country to basketball and that is a good sign”He added that what is needed is a coming together of will power and resources in addition to a coming together of decision makers that would definitely push basketball into the future.“We need a body to come together from the level of the Sports Commission;yes,the federation and association is there but we need better infrastructure and investments need to be made.”He finished by stating that Guyana has the potential to be at the level of other countries in terms of basketball development but the incentives just need to be present.last_img read more

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports August 26, 2020 Associated Press If the Bucks beat the Orlando Magic, the Eastern Conference first round would be completed in just 17 games. That would be the fastest opening round, in either conference, since the league went to the best-of-seven format in 2003. The East needed 19 games to get through Round 1 in 2002 — when best-of-five first rounds were still played.The Lakers are playing for rest and preparation time. Ending their series against the Trail Blazers in five games ensures they won’t play again until at least Sunday. Portland guard Damian Lillard has been ruled out with a sprained right knee, which further diminishes the Blazers’ hopes of pulling off a comeback in the series.LeBron James’ teams are 13-0 all-time in first-round series, on the cusp now of making that 14-0 and getting the Lakers to the second round for the first time since 2012. James has walked off a winner in 57 of his 68 career first-round games; Cleveland went 36-8 with him in those, Miami went 16-2.The other Game 5 in Wednesday’s tripleheader features the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder. That series knotted at two games apiece. The Rockets have 77 3-pointers already in this series, putting them on pace to be the first team in NBA history to make 100 in a single series. The record for any series is 95, set by the Rockets in the West semifinals last season.NHL PLAYOFFS MLB-SCHEDULEJudge rejoins the YankeesUNDATED (AP) — Aaron Judge has rejoined the Yankees just in time for a string of three doubleheaders over five days. New York’s game against the Braves was rained out Tuesday night, creating a twinbill in Atlanta. That will be followed by doubleheaders Friday and Sunday against the Mets at Yankee Stadium. Judge and Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. came off the injured list Tuesday. The Yankees haven’t played since last Thursday. Their three-game Subway Series against the Mets over the weekend was postponed because of coronavirus concerns. McMillan went 183-136 in four seasons with the Pacers, going to the playoffs each season. But Indiana never reached the second round and endured the first three four-game sweeps in the franchise’s NBA history. His playoff record with the team was just 3-16. McMillan finished his tenure with Indiana ranked No. 3 in victories in the team’s NBA history.NBA PLAYOFFSBucks and Lakers can move on to second roundLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers can reach the second round of the NBA playoffs with wins Wednesday in Game 5. Since the two top seeds lost their playoff openers they are a combined 6-0. Elsewhere in the majors Wednesday:— Cleveland is recalling Mike Clevinger (KLEH’-vihn-jur) to pitch against Minnesota Twins for the first time since he and teammate Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) were demoted for breaking team rules and Major League Baseball COVID-19 protocols. Clevinger is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts. He hasn’t pitched since Aug. 5.— Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw faces a familiar opponent as he tries to win his third straight start. This will be his 51st game against the Giants, the team he’s seen the most often in his career. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 23-13 with a 1.82 ERA overall vs. San Francisco. Kershaw, who was scratched from an opening day start at Dodger Stadium against the Giants, lost to them on Aug. 8. He’ll try to get even at Oracle Park.— Taijuan Walker starts in what could be his final outing for Seattle. The 28-year-old righty is supposedly attracting interest from the Yankees as the Aug. 31 trade deadline nears. Walker is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA in five starts, a solid showing after missing nearly all of the last two seasons with Arizona while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The former highly touted prospect will become a free agent and doesn’t have a hefty contract. Walker is set to face San Diego at Petco Park. Colorado and Philadelphia look to boost their offenseUNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers will look to rediscover their offensive prowess to avoid falling into deep holes in their conference semifinal series. The Avalanche go into Game 3 against the surging Dallas Stars on Wednesday night after being outscored 10-5 over the first two games. Colorado’s top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog has accounted for all of the scoring in the series. The Stars have won five straight games this postseason, including Game 6 against Calgary in which they trialed 3-0 before scoring seven straight to finish off the Flames, and Game 2 against the Avalanche when Dallas scored five straight after trailing 2-0.The Flyers go into Game 2 against the New York Islanders after being shut out 4-0 in the series opener. The Flyers had a 25-14 advantage on shots over the final 40 minutes but couldn’t get anything past Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv), who recorded his second straight shutout. The Islanders goalie has not allowed a goal in 136 minutes, 20 seconds. That’s the second-longest streak in franchise postseason history, trailing Billy Smith’s mark by 39 seconds.Boston and Tampa Bay are tied heading into Game 3 after Ondrej Palat’s (AHN’-dray pah-LAHTS’) overtime goal gave the Lightning a 4-3 win Tuesday night. Tampa Bay won three of four from Boston during the season, and also won their meeting in round-robin play for seeding in the qualifying round of the postseason. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-PACERS-MCMILLAN FIREDPacers fire McMillan following 2nd straight 1st-round sweepINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have fired coach Nate McMillan, less than three weeks after announcing he would keep the job for two more years. Team officials made the announcement Wednesday, 48 hours after the Pacers suffered their second straight first-round sweep.last_img read more

first_imgTwo more Syracuse coaches are heading to Buffalo to join Doug Marrone and the Bills.Marrone announced Thursday that he’s hired John Anselmo to be a special teams assistant, and Hal Luther to be the Bills’ assistant strength and conditioning coach. With their departures, there are now seven former Syracuse assistant coaches in Buffalo.Anselmo came to Syracuse in 2009 and was the team’s secondary coach until 2010.  He was then the linebackers coach and assistant head coach for the last two seasons.For the nine years prior, he was the head coach at Nassau Community College on Long Island. From 1995 to 1998, he was on the coaching staff at Georgia Tech with Marrone.He was also the head coach at Nassau from 1987-1994, after serving as the defensive coordinator there from 1977 to 1986.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnselmo was one of Syracuse’s main recruiters, especially when recruiting from junior colleges. The New York native helped the Orange establish a recruiting pipeline from New York City to Syracuse and expand SU’s recruiting base in the area.With Anselmo and Bronx native Marrone gone, the Orange has lost its two coaches with the most knowledge about New York City recruiting.Two of Syracuse’s commitments from the Class of 2013 are from New York City, including running back Augustus Edwards from Tottenville High School on Staten Island, and defensive tackle Wayne Williams from ASA College in Brooklyn.Edwards has reopened his recruitment and will visit other schools, including Big Ten-bound Rutgers. Edwards narrowed down his list of potential schools to Syracuse, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina State before committing to the Orange in July.Luther had been with Syracuse since 2000, first as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, and then the director of strength of strength and conditioning since 2007. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Moore, Daoust to remain on Syracuse coaching staffMarrone announces 4 more Syracuse coaches to join Bills staffBuffalo Bills introduce Doug Marrone as head coach; Daryl Gross, Nancy Cantor release statementscenter_img Published on January 17, 2013 at 5:32 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

first_imgAfter losing multiple starters and coaches in the offseason, it was understandable to expect the Badgers to go through the typical bumps and bruises associated with breaking in a new team during the nonconference part of its schedule.But after just two games, it’s fair to say nobody expected this.Wisconsin has built an identity on offense in recent history – a heavy dose of the run, controlling the clock and lethal play-action passes. However, the team offense that played against Oregon State hardly resembled a Wisconsin team in recent memory. There was barely a push on the offensive line throughout the game with plenty of three-and-outs and enough missed opportunities to make even the most hardened Badger fan cringe.To put it lightly, the offense looked dead Saturday. The unit failed to find its rhythm on the field until the waning minutes of the game, and the offensive line offered O’Brien less than adequate protection against a majority of the Beavers’ blitzes. Out of the Badgers’ 13 offensive drives, only two went for more than seven plays, with the longest drive lasting just three and a half minutes.Even more startling was the complete lack of a dominant run game. For the second week in a row, Monte? Ball found nowhere to rush, as the run game yielded Ball just 61 yards on 15 carries and 35 total team rushing yards – an uncharacteristic group of numbers for a program that prides itself on dominance in the offensive trenches.Going into this season, there were question marks on the offensive line. Although they had depth, the Badgers still had to replace three starters, two of which started in multiple Rose Bowls. However, the overall performance of the group in this young season is far from acceptable. After these lackluster offensive numbers, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema decides to shake things up even further after the departure of former offensive line coach Mike Markuson and start some new faces next to Ricky Wagner and Travis Frederick. In a long season of physical football, the Badgers will only go as far as their rushing game and the play of their offensive front, something that must improve rapidly over the next two games before the start of the conference season.The play-calling itself has also been less than stellar in the first two games. It almost seems as if Wisconsin isn’t running a pro-style offense anymore (out of the Badgers 61 total plays Saturday, 38 were passes), and short, one-to-three yard pass plays have dominated the Badgers’ aerial attack. In the past two games, you could count on just one hand how many times the Badgers tried to throw the ball even moderately deep. Besides the deep bomb to Jared Abbrederis against Northern Iowa, the Badgers and Canada have yet to test O’Brien’s arm.One thing Canada should begin to consider is the use of a screen game. With the way Oregon State was able to reach O’Brien, a basic dump-down screen to Ball would be a perfect neutralizer for an overeager blitzing defense. And it’s also a good way to get O’Brien into a comfort zone. While Wisconsin passed more times than it ran the ball Saturday, it was sadly a necessary evil. Additionally, the Badgers may need to consider passing on first and second down more than half the time, as the running game has not been able to yield those first downs of which the Badgers have been in such dire need. And don’t give up on O’Brien just yet. Besides an ill-advised throw off his back foot that led to an interception and a costly fumble, the Badgers’ junior quarterback had to respond to constant pressure and a collapsing pocket for most of Saturday’s game. Given adequate time, O’Brien has shown the ability to make timely throws, and his efficiency will increase as his offensive line improves.Also keep in mind that the Badgers have yet to prepare for an opponent with film from this current year. With Northern Iowa being the season-opener and Oregon State’s first game of the year coming against Wisconsin, it will be interesting to see how much of a difference up-to-date film study will make in game-planning and preparation.Looking to the immediate future, a very formidable Utah State team coming off its first win over Utah in 15 years will pose another challenge to the Badgers this weekend. If the Badgers hope to turn this season around, there will be some considerable soul-searching to perform in practice this week. In just a few short weeks, the Badgers will have to mosey on to Lincoln, Neb., to face the Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium against a Nebraska team hungry to avenge its humiliating 48-17 rout last year in Camp Randall.While there are plenty of other less-than-desirable aspects to the Badgers’ performances as of late – mainly the absence of an adequate pass rush on defense – much has changed after the loss. This team can no longer finish undefeated or compete for the national championship game. That’s it.The Big Ten Championship Game and the Rose Bowl still remain realistic goals, even though the road to get there remains much more treacherous than before.Nick is a fifth-year senior majoring in history and English. Love/hate the column? Email him at or tweet at him @nickkorger and let him know what you think of the Badgers’ struggles so far.last_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup contenders Germany came from a goal behind to draw 2-2 with hard-working Cameroon yesterday in their penultimate game before this month’s tournament in Brazil.The Germans, who play Armenia on June 6 in their final warm-up, looked still some way off top form as they seek to end an 18-year title drought, missing several key players including captain Philipp Lahm and first-choice keeper Manuel Neuer.Loew’s side almost got off to a perfect start when Mesut Ozil, completely unmarked in front of goal, somehow managed to shoot wide seconds after the kick-off.The Germans came close again as attacking midfielder Mario Goetze, playing as a lone striker, sent in a low drive which was turned on to the post by Cameroon keeper Charles Itandje.A series of tough tackles from the Africans threw the hosts off balance and gave the visitors the initiative. German keeper Roman Weidenfeller was called into action late in the first half, making a superb save in the 39th minute when Samuel Eto’o sent Ben Moukandjo clear.Cameroon stunned the Germans in the 62nd minute when Eto’o’s shot was saved by Weidenfeller but the forward was in the right place to tap in a subsequent cross. Their joy was short-lived, however, with Thomas Mueller charging into the box to head in a Jerome Boateng cross four minutes later and Andre Schuerrle tapping in a Lukas Podolski pass.But Cameroon refused to lie down and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting drilling an left-foot shot past Weidenfeller in the 78th minute.Other results:”ˆSweden vs Belgium 0-2; USA”ˆvs Turkey 2-1;”ˆFrance vs”ˆParaguay 1-1.last_img read more

first_imgFifa presidential candidate Luis Figo on Wednesday disputed the Confederation of African Football’s claim that all 54 votes from the continent will go to incumbent Sepp Blatter in the presidential elections next month.The former Portugal international, in Egypt at the CAF Congress to canvass for votes, told Reuters he did not believe all Africa was solidly behind Blatter, who seeks re-election on May 29 against Figo, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussain of Jordan and the Dutch football association president Michael van Praag.“I feel there’s a lot of respect for CAF among all the African federations but I’m positive that [CAF president] Mr [Eisa] Hayatou did not speak in the name of the 54 members of the confederation,” said the former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder.“Even when he [Hayatou] announced he would support Blatter, we could notice a difference from past congresses when a statement like that normally is followed by a standing ovation.“This time we heard just a normal applause, which confirms my idea that a lot of African countries understand and agree with the need to change for the better of everyone, especially the national associations.“In fact there were federation presidents who ensured me they would vote for me but they were reluctant to say this out loud because they feared reactions against them, their federations and even their countries,” said Figo. “It‘s also to end this kind of atmosphere that I decided to be a candidate. Football should be about a beautiful game and people should be able to express themselves freely and openly.”The CAF congress in Cairo ended on Tuesday with Hayatou declaring Africa’s complete support for Blatter’s re-election but on all previous occasions when the CAF chief has promised a block of African votes, many have broken ranks.When Blatter came to power in 1998, Hayatou pledged Africa’s votes to rival Lennart Johansson of Sweden but most defied him to vote Blatter into power.When Hayatou stood against Blatter in 2002, almost half the African countries voted for the Swiss rather than their own confederation president.last_img read more

first_imgHow long were you waiting for that fist pump?  Finally. Tiger Woods gave us that Sunday by winning his fifth Masters tournament at Augusta National.   There is nothing quite like the “Tiger Effect,” and there’s a short list of athletes all time capable of producing this moment.  This was the fist pump we’ve all been waiting for.  When do we get to see it again? Woods’ putt at No. 18 finished off a 2-under final round (and a 13-under tournament) in a legendary performance capped with that vintage fist pump. Woods threw his arms in the air in celebration, a moment that we had been waiting all day, all weekend, all decade for.Roaring back.#themasters— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 14, 2019MORE: Best moments from Tiger Woods’ Masters victoryThe anticipation for that fist pump only grew as the showdown with Francesco Molinari intensified on the back nine with a line of thunderstorms moving in. Molinari, who had been a par-making machine throughout the tournament, felt the pressure of facing the red-clad Woods on Sunday. We waited for Woods to take over.  Woods was tied for the lead with five holes to go… four holes to go…Then, on the par-5 No. 15, that moment finally happened. Woods laid his second shot on the green and put the pressure on Molinari, who hit his third shot in the water and finished with a double-bogey. Woods drained a birdie, taking the lead with three holes to go.  Molinari blinked. Woods seized the moment. He had a birdie on No. 16 and closed the door with a par, a bogey and a celebration that was worth waiting for.  A near ace on No. 16, Tiger Woods extends his lead with two holes to play at #themasters— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 14, 2019There’s nothing like seeing Tiger in contention. We have been waiting for that moment since… when?  Was it 2008? That’s the last time Woods won a major, at the U.S. Open, before his personal life took a turn in 2009 with the fallout from extramarital affairs. He had his entire life exposed. He battled injuries in the long road back to the top. He considered retiring.  Yet Woods played on. He finished in the top five at Augusta three times this decade, but it never felt like this weekend.  WATCH: Tiger shares special moment with son after Masters winWas it 2005? That was the last time Woods won the Masters, a run highlighted by the incredible chip on No. 16 that rolled in after a pause. Woods took down Chris DiMarco in the playoff that day for his fourth Masters victory.  Was it 2001, or 2002? That was part of a run in which Woods won the Masters in back-to-back years and was at the pinnacle of the sport. Woods shot 16-under in 2001 and 12-under in 2002. Nobody could beat him then, and nobody has dominated like that since.  We remember when that started. This was the closest thing to 1997 — when we were introduced to a 21-year-old with a fist pump and a presence that would revolutionize the sport. Woods finished 18-under that year, a record 12 strokes ahead of the competition.  Woods jumped into our living rooms and prompted us to hit a driving range. His impact on golf was unmatched. There was simply nothing like it.Until Sunday. It’s the closest thing to Jack Nicklaus in 1986 — maybe even more profound considering the long road back for Woods. Nicklaus still has 18 majors and six Masters championships, but Woods, at 43 years old, has 15 majors and five Masters championships now. What is the green jacket exchange rate? Which moment was better?  We get to have those greatest-ever conversations in earnest again.  MORE: Can Woods really catch Nicklaus?For those who have been watching the last 22 years, this is the moment we will always point to. Woods’ most dominant moment will be always be 1997, but this will be the most memorable moment of his career. It was every bit as iconic as we thought it would be; right down to the symmetry between his hug with his father Earl then and the one with his son Charlie now. It’s recency bias, sure, but we can’t remember the old experience of watching Woods win a major. This is the replay we can watch forever in the social media age.  This was the day Woods showed Molinari and everybody else that he is the most intimidating force in golf. It’s that irreplaceable feeling of watching a legend dominate two decades after you first saw his magic on a golf course.last_img read more